Project Roles

Leadership & Advisory Groups

Executive Committee

Represents the strategic and financial interests of participating institutions through executive oversight of the project

Committee Charge

Members

  • Lisa German- Dean of Libraries & University Librarian, Minnesota - Chair

  • Beth McNeil- Dean of Libraries, Purdue

  • Faye Chadwell - Dean of Libraries, Pennsylvania State University

  • Cody Hanson (ex-officio)- Director, Web Development Minnesota

  • Maurice York (ex-officio)- Director of Library Initiatives, Big Ten Academic Alliance

Minnesota Sponsors

Determine project directions and liaise between project staff and executive committee

Members

  • Cody Hanson- Director, Web Development - Administrative Lead

  • Ryan Mattke - Project Lead

  • Karen Majewicz - Product Manager

Steering Committee

Provides coordination, direction, and decision making for Task Force activities

Committee Charter

Members

  • Danny Dotson

  • Melinda Kernik

  • Karen Majewicz (ex-officio)

  • Ryan Mattke - Chair

  • Laura McElfresh

  • Theresa Quill

  • Josh Sadvari

  • Nicole Scholtz

  • Cecilia Smith

  • Wenjie Wang


Operations Team

Project Staff

  • Ryan Mattke - Project Lead

  • Karen Majewicz - Geospatial Product Manager

  • Melinda Kernik - Spatial Analyst and Curator

  • Eric Larson - Lead Application Developer

  • Michael Berkowski - Web Developer

  • Michael Johnson - Web Analytics

  • Paul Bramscher - Linux Systems Administrator and Software Administrator

  • Ziying (Gene) Cheng - Graduate Research Assistant

Task Force

Task Force members are are from each participating institution. They are selected from university employees that are able to contribute their knowledge of one or more areas in the fields of libraries, geography, GIS, maps, metadata, cataloguing, web development, or project management.

Task Force Member full role description

View the current Task Force Roster here.

Committees

Communications Committee

Communicating the purpose, value, and features of the geoportal to stakeholders, data providers, scholars, and the broader geospatial community.

Committee Charter

Members

  • Karen Majewicz (ex-officio)

  • Laura McElfresh - Co-chair

  • Cecilia Smith - Co-chair

  • Kathleen Weessies

Collections Development & Educational Outreach Committee

Makes decisions and recommendations on adding metadata records for openly available data sets from outside the core set of states in an effort to expand the collection of searchable metadata records in a way that is focused and purposeful, but still allows users to discover useful data from around the country and across the world.

Committee Charter

Members

Collection Development focus

  • Cathy Hodge

  • Nicole Kong

  • Karen Majewicz (ex-officio)

  • Theresa Quill

  • Josh Sadvari (Co-Chair)

Education Outreach focus

  • Jay Bowen

  • Milan Budhathoki

  • Nicole Scholtz (Co-Chair)

Interface Committee

Works to improve the usability and functionality of the BTAA Geoportal Website. Conducts heuristic evaluations and usability testing on the geoportal. Makes recommendations for local customizations and GeoBlacklight code base developments. Reviews significant changes to the interface on a quarterly basis.

Committee Charter

Members

  • Tara Anthony

  • Danny Dotson - Co-chair

  • Shirley Li

  • Karen Majewicz (ex-officio)

  • Amanda Tickner

  • Wenjie Wang - Co-chair

Metadata Committee

The BTAA GDP Metadata Committee’s mission encompasses the following: (1) reviews current and developing metadata standards and best practices; (2) identifies and resolves standardization and interoperability issues for BTAA geoportal metadata; (3) makes recommendations for metadata standards, and (4) facilitates communication with broader GeoBlacklight community on issues related to metadata.

Committee Charter

Members

  • Caroline Kayko - Co-chair

  • Melinda Kernik - Co-chair

  • Jennifer Liss

  • Karen Majewicz (ex-officio)

  • Jaime Martindale

  • Meg Mering

Working Groups

Land Acknowledgement Working Group (March 2022 -)

  • Explore the scholarship around the idea of land acknowledgements

  • Incorporate resources/information into the BTAA-GIN websites and develop ongoing processes that provide a deeper understanding of the historical and current concepts of land administration and property, particularly for the region in the participating institutions

  • Melinda Kernik

  • Karen Majewicz

  • Josh Sadvari

  • Nicole Scholtz

  • Cecilia Smith

Land Acknowledgement Working Group Charge

Sunsetted Groups & Alumni

Diverse Collections Working Group (January - December 2021)

  • Identify a process for defining and assessing diversity in our current geoportal collections, and carry out that assessment.


  • Make recommendations for how diversity can be more purposefully considered in our future collection development

  • Josh Sadvari (lead)

  • Cathy Hodge

  • Danny Dotson

  • Melinda Kernik

  • Jay Bowen

  • Cecilia Smith

  • Theresa Quill

Diverse Collections Working Group Charge

Final Report

Education Outreach Working Group (May 2020-June 2021)

Develop tutorials for the geoportal

  • Jay Bowen

  • Danny Dotson

  • Nicole Kong

  • Ryan Mattke (co-lead)

  • Josh Sadvari (co-lead)

  • Wenjie Wang

  • Milan Budhathoki

Education Outreach Working Group Charges

Licensed Data Working Group (March 2020-Jan 2021)

Develop guidelines for adding licensed data records to the geoportal

  • Caroline Kayko

  • Karen Majewicz

  • Ryan Mattke - Lead

  • Kathleen Weessies

Licensed Data Implementation Working Group Charge

Final Report

Web Services Working Group (May 2019 - Jun 2020)

The Web Services Working Group

    • Melinda Kernik (Minnesota) - Lead

    • Jaime Martindale (Wisconsin)

    • Joshua Sadvari (Ohio)

    • Amanda Tickner (Michigan State)

ArcGIS Organization Working Group Charge

Web Services Report

Web Services ArcGIS Online Pilot Report


SLG Working Group (2017-2019)

The SLG Working Group will work to support the decision making and recommendations from the Strategic Leadership Group by gathering information and conducting surveys.

Potential expansions for the BTAA GDP

Impact Report Working Group (Jan - May 2020)

Create a report demonstrating the qualitative and quantitative impacts of the BTAA Geospatial Data Project

  • Paige Andrew

  • Karen Majewicz -Lead

  • Cecilia Smith

Impact Report Working Group Charge

BTAA Geospatial Data Project Impact Report May 2020

Maps Scanning Workflow Working Group (Oct 2018 -Mar 2020)

Develop Best Practices around scanning and cataloging maps

  • Danny Dotson

  • Cathy Hodge

  • Ryan Mattke

  • Kelley O’Neal

  • Nathan Piekielek - Co-Lead

  • Theresa Quill

  • Josh Sadvari

  • Nicole Scholtz - Co-Lead

Maps Scanning Workflow Working Group Charge

Maps Scanning Workflow Working Group Final Report

Strategic Leadership Group (2017-2020)

Supporting the strategic development of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geospatial Data Project (BTAA:GDP), the Strategic Leadership Group (SLG) provides nationally-recognized expertise (geospatial data users, and experts in GIS, data, and digital libraries, etc.) and high-level vision and leadership perspectives to the Project in its trajectory-forming years.

More information available in the SLG Charge.

UMN BTAA:GDP Project Lead

    • Ryan Mattke

BTAA:GDP Task Force Members

    • Jaime Martindale - Wisconsin

    • Nicole Kong - Purdue

Senior-level representatives

    • John Butler - Minnesota, SLG Chair

    • Jon Dunn - Indiana

    • Karen Estlund - Penn State

    • Karen Hogenboom - Illinois

Field specialists, desired expertise: sustainability, connections with geospatial scholars/communities, connections with relevant technology community

    • Len Kne - Minnesota (GIS specialist, assistant director of U-Spatial, member of statewide geospatial advisory council)

    • Oya Rieger - Ithaka S+R (specialist in sustainability models)

    • Jack Reed - Stanford (GeoBlacklight developer)

Analytics Working Group (May - Nov 2018)

The Analytics Working Group will work to look at baseline usage analytics and work on figuring out what would count as “success” for the Geoportal (in terms of analytics), as well as coming up with ideas for promotion in order to increase use of the site.

    • Danny Dotson (Ohio State)

    • Jim Lacy (Wisconsin)

    • Shirley Li (Purdue)

    • Elisabeth Long (Chicago)

    • Ryan Mattke (Minnesota) - Lead

    • Kelley O’Neal (Maryland)

Analytics Working Group Charge

Analytics Working Group Final Report

User Personas & Stories Working Group (Jun - Sep 2018)

Provide illustrative context for our audience and stakeholders in order to guide development of the geoportal and potential project expansion.

    • Melinda Kernik (Minnesota)

    • Karen Majewicz (Minnesota) - Lead

    • Amanda Tickner (Michigan State)

User Personas & Stories Working Group Charge

User Personas

Submit User Stories Form

Anecdotes

ArcGIS Working Group (Jun - Sep 2018)

The ArcGIS Working Group will investigate ArcGIS Open Data, including the application’s underlying architecture and metadata capabilities. Deliverables will be in the form of one or more reports that will [1] determine and analyze existing problems, [2] develop recommendations for how these resources are included in the BTAA Geoportal, and [3] provide best practices for ArcGIS Open Data administrators. The group will also evaluate if a standing technical advisory group should be established for the BTAA:GDP project.

    • Melinda Kernik (Minnesota) - Lead

    • Nicole Kong (Purdue)

    • Karen Majewicz (Minnesota)

    • Joshua Sadvari (Ohio)

    • Amanda Tickner (Michigan State)

    • James Whitacre (Illinois)

ArcGIS Working Group Charge

ArcGIS Working Group Preliminary Report

Open Data Portal Survey Summary

BTAA GDP Accession Guidelines for ArcGIS Open Data Portals

Best Practices for ArcGIS Hub/Open Data Portals (full report) ; z.umn.edu/geometadata (subset of the content)

Project Sponsor Alumni

For the Big Ten Academic Alliance Library Directors:

    • Wendy Lougee, University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor - University of Minnesota (2015-2020)

    • James Hilton, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries - University of Michigan

    • Kim Armstrong, BTAA CLI Big Ten Academic Alliance Director Library Initiatives

For operations at the University of Minnesota:

    • John Butler, Associate University Librarian for Data & Technology - University of Minnesota (sponsor 2015-2021)

    • Kirsten Clark, Director, Access and Information Services - University of Minnesota (sponsor 2019-2021)

    • Claire Stewart, Associate University Librarian for Research & Learning - University of Minnesota (sponsor 2015-2019)

Executive Committee

  • Barbara Dewey- Dean of University Libraries & Scholarly Communications, Penn State (2020)


Student Alumni

Graduate Research Assistants

    • Yijing (Zoey) Zhou - (2020-2021)

    • Emily Ruetz (2018-2020)

    • Andrew Smith (2017-2019)

    • Lewei Hi (2017)